‘Concerts in the Parks’ series kicks off at Mt.Tabor

You can’t hear the lively music, but see – here – fun images of this concert. And, see what other concerts are coming up in outer East Portland …

The Mt. Tabor Park caldera quickly fills, as the first outer east side “Concert in the Park” is soon to start.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) “Summer Free for All” Concerts in the Parks are underway, starting off a little west of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses, and kicking into full gear in East Portland in August.

The first music show of the season, in our part of town, was on July 10 – in a natural concert bowl, the caldera at Mt. Tabor Park.

Folks from all over the metro area faced challenging parking as they came to, and filled, this natural amphitheater of the now-extinct volcano. Throughout the area, Friends of Mount Tabor Park volunteers’ vehicles maneuver the narrow streets, advise against illegal parking, and help keep the peace.

Folks with the Collage arts and crafts stores provided crafts; in this case, helping kids make their own beaded bracelets.

Shorty’s Hot Dogs is one of the popular food vendors at this concert series.

A lineup of five food and ice cream vendors provided the vittles; and, many concert-goers brought their own supper, snacks, and beverages (beer and wine are permitted).

The evening’s musical entertainment, Dina y los Rumberos, kicks off the show.

Right on schedule, at 6:30 p.m., the vibrant, energetic Cuban and international music of Dina y los Rumberos filled the amphitheater.

There’s one more concert this year at Mt. Tabor: It’s on the evening of July 17, with music by the Midnight Serenaders – an “energetically entertaining swing-jazz sextet”. The Mt. Tabor Park entrance is located at SE 69th Avenue and Taylor Street.

As the music plays, couples like this one get up and dance to the pulsing Latin beat.

And, the same committee also programs concerts at Berrydale Park.

  • August 6 – Music by Norman Sylvester and his band, Portland’s original “Boogie Cat”.
  • August 13 – Enjoy the heartfelt harmonies of bluegrass, folk, and gospel of the Misty Mamas.

Berrydale Park is on the edge of outer East Portland, on SE 92md Avenue and Taylor Street in Montavilla.

Remember, picnicking at concerts – including bringing beer and wine to enjoy – is permitted; in fact, it’s encouraged!

Outer East Portland concerts start in August

  • On August 5, enjoy concert in Glenfair Park with the Portland Festival Symphony.
  • Starting on August 8, the Ventura Park concert series begins, kicking off with Concert Bloco Alegria,

CLICK HERE to see the East Portland News Community Calendar,
listing all of the outdoor concert dates and locations – including the band,
and style of music they perform – as well as the many free “Movie in the Park”
events coming up this summer, too.

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